PTA Officers: We’re here to help you succeed!


Welcome, unit, council and district PTA officers!

THANK YOU for your leadership, dedication and commitment to California’s children, families and communities. No matter what office you’re taking on at the unit, council or district level, being a PTA officer is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of responsibility, and it takes special people to take on these roles.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. You have a vast network of support to help make your term as easy, enjoyable and rewarding as possible.  Our strong support structure is one of the many things that makes PTA unique, so always feel welcome to reach out for assistance.

We have great TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO HELP YOU. Many resources are available 24/7 on our website so they’re always up-to-date and available when you need them.

  • Toolkit — The Toolkit offers valuable information to assist you with the important work that you do on behalf of all children and families, including job descriptions, financial procedures and more.
  • Best practices and leadership support – Online at, you’ll find helpful tips and resources for building teams, working with school leaders, managing conflict and supporting student success. You’ll also find information about our programs and services to help you succeed. Additionally, each month you’ll begin to receive e-newsletters such as Leadership Essentials to provide timely reminders and information to help you throughout the year.
  • PTA Store – Order a wide variety of materials and merchandise from our online store.
  • And more!

PTA started with a just a handful of dedicated leaders more than a century ago, and today you and thousands of leaders across our state and nation are carrying our founders’ vision forward.

Need Some Kid-Friendly Summer Activities?

Summer Fun Cafe 2015
This is a program sponsored in part by the Department of Agriculture and Parks and Recreation as well as with the Food Services of SDUSD where children 2 – 18 years can eat free. There is NO Registration, NO income verification, NO enrollment required. In San Diego, various school sites and recreation centers are participating in this great program. In addition, at participating recreation centers, they’ll have a special BBQ where parents/guardians can eat for a nominal fee (usually $2) as well as feature resources that are available for families.  For more information visit: available in English and Espanol.

Be sure to check out the Summer Fun Cafe Kickoff BBQ
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Skyline Hills Community Park 8285 Skyline Dr. San Diego 92114
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch served 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information visit: available in English and Espanol

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center-Day of Play
Saturday, June 27, 2015
10 am – 1 pm
Free Event!!!!
Join Olivewood Gardens in National City for their annual Day of Play where you can participate in a variety of activities for the whole family including arts and craft, making your own snacks, physical activities, and earn raffle tickets for a variety of prizes. The is a free event, registration is required as space is limited. See attached flyer for more info or visit:

Check with the local Recreation Center in your area for their summer program guides.

Summer Camps – many to choose from, inquire about financial aid, some
institutions offer a membership discount.

San Diego Summer Camps

San Diego Family Magazine

San Diego Youth Camp
Activities: Sports, Crafts, Games, Team Building, Swimming, Field Trips & More!  Summer Camps Available!
Ages 5-12
What to bring to camp daily: Closed toed comfortable shoes, lunch/snack & and a great attitude.
Summer Camp Dates:
June 16th – September 3rd
•12 weeks
For more information: or email

Balboa Park

Basketball Camp
Session 1
3rd, 4th, 5th grades
8 am – 12 pm
6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade
1 pm – 5 pm
July 29, 30, and 31
Use code: witheyblock20 to get 20% off of $175


San Diego Zoo


San Diego Civic Dance Arts

Pre-dancer dance camp (for ages 3.5 – 6 years)

Summer Reading Programs:

There is a summer reading program as well as the special
presentations going on at the North Clairemont library (the summer reading
program itself is happening at all of the public libraries but each branch
chooses to do special presentations).

Here’s a link to the public library:

National PTA has resources for Family Reading, go to the link below and scroll down for resources:

Other resources:

UCSD Summer Reading:

Barnes and Noble

Schoolastics Summer Reading Program (free online program)

This web article summarizes what is mentioned above and more:



Here we are in June and the Council and most of our PTAs are coming to the end of the fiscal year.  That means that new boards will start to get to work on all of the great things PTA does.  This is my last president letter of the term.  I have really enjoyed my two  years working with all of our PTAs and I look forward to continue the work as council Parliamentarian next year.  Though she really needs no introduction, I would like to welcome Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki as 2015-2017 SDUCPTA President.  Celeste has been the Legislative VP for council for the last two years as well as the lead on the Smart From The Start Energy Balance program.   I know that she will be a great leader for San Diego Unified and I look forward to our next two years.

It is LCAP update time in San Diego Unified.   The new LCAP draft should be published any day now.  Keep looking to  for the latest.  I encourage you to talk with your principal, your teachers, and your children about what is going well at your school and what needs improvement.  Please inform your parents about this opportunity so that each school can be its best.  The Local Control Funding formula will fail without parent input.  If you have any school funding or budget questions, please contact the Council.

Compliance Reminders.
May 1 was a big due date for PTA units.   Please make sure you have submitted the following to council.  If you are in need of assistance for any of these items, please let us know.

  • Historian Reports are due to council.
  • 2015/2016 Board rosters are due. If you use PTA EZ for your roster, please let us know that as well.  If you have not yet turned in your roster, a letter will be going out to you as well as the school principal outlining the fact that if you do not have a board by the end of the fiscal year, your PTA will cease to have an executive board and cannot do business.  The PTA Council r District will need to assist with your election meeting in the new fiscal year.
  • Dues increase will begin July 1. There will be a $0.75 increase for membership after the end of June.  The dues increase was adopted at the state convention last year.  This should be considered when you are planning your 2015/2016 budgets.  We will update our remittance forms and be available to help during the transition.

Call us now if you are in need of help.

Thank you,
Derby Pattengill
619 322-1416



We are looking for a few good people to help round out the council this year.  If interested, please contact the council office at or call 619 297-7821

VP of Programs- Council programs include: Reflections, President’s and Principal’s Breakfast, Honorary Service Awards, Founders Day and National Parent Involvement Day.   Do you like to plan and coordinate events and programs?  This job is perfect for you.



You just got elected to a PTA board. What is the first thing you should do? Read your PTA unit bylaws. Your bylaws are specific to your PTA.  You’ll find out important information such as:

When are your association meetings?

What are the duties of my position?

Who can sign checks?

How much money can your PTA spend for unbudgeted items in between association meetings?

Also, notice the date of your bylaws. Bylaws should be updated at least every three years. If your bylaws are older than 2012, volunteer to be on the Bylaws Committee to get them updated.